London’s Metropolitan Police Service is investing in its existing TETRA critical communication solution to improve its immediate operational efficiency and help in the transition toward the next generation Emergency Services Network (ESN). Working with their solution provider, the MPS have invested in 32,000 devices that improve connectivity and usability and include the ability to run bespoke applications. The initial release included applications designed to improve asset and battery management – with knock on impacts to officer safety whilst also reducing the organisation’s costs. The force is also running an innovative online training scheme, which is being rolled out to all staff to improve immediate operational use.
Planned future enhancements include the ability to wirelessly deploy software updates to the entire radio fleet. A pilot is also being run to send high quality images over the TETRA narrow band network.
Using this more powerful, cost effective capability, the MPS are partnering with Sepura to transition seamlessly into ESN including an exciting opportunity to re-purpose handsets.
Inspector Chris Fleckney — ESN Police Lead & CT Security, Metropolitan Police Service